4 Myths about Smoking

There are many myths float­ing around the inter­net about smok­ing. Here are four myths (and their truths) so you can get your facts straight when it comes to the top­ic of smoking.

I have been smok­ing for too long, so quit­ting won’t help me.

Wrong. No mat­ter how long you have been smok­ing, quit­ting will improve your health. Your body can fix most of the dam­age that was caused by smok­ing if you stay smoke free. The Nation­al Insti­tute of Health (NIH) says that if you can quit smok­ing by age 35 you can live 5 to 10 years longer, and decrease the risk of devel­op­ing dis­eases asso­ci­at­ed with smoking.

I’ll gain weight if I stop smoking.

Smok­ing can cause your body chem­istry to slow down so some peo­ple may gain a few pounds once they quit but there are ways to avoid this. A healthy diet and dai­ly exer­cise will decrease the risk of you gain­ing weight and improve your health!

It’s safer to smoke light or low-tar cigarettes.

There is no such thing as a safe cig­a­rette! Cig­a­rette smoke con­tains 7,000 chem­i­cals of which at least 250 are tox­ic and 50 are known to cause can­cer. Peo­ple who smoke light cig­a­rettes often smoke more of these cig­a­rettes a day and have to inhale deep­er to get their nico­tine fix. When smok­ing these cig­a­rettes you end up tak­ing in more car­bon monox­ide and tar. 

Smok­ing is relaxing.

Smok­ing only relieves the ten­sion that is caused by your need for nico­tine. It actu­al­ly increas­es your heart rate and blood pres­sure. Once you quit smok­ing you can learn new ways to help relieve ten­sion and stress that are good for your health.

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